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Do you have what it takes?


The V Word Experience is a visual pop-up installation that celebrates culture and art, while giving voice to key social justice issues that are most relevant to today’s society. Through this artistic display of creative works, we seek to entertain, educate and inspire diverse audiences for the greater good. The family-friendly experiential gallery will be open to the public in Chicago from March 15-April 28.

The V-Word Experience will feature six, mixed media displays around the subjects of women empowerment, violence, justice and equality, immigration and diversity, green/sustainability, and human trafficking. We are hosting an open call for local artists that are interested in designing original works of art based on our selected themes for this Instagram-worthy gallery. Below are details on the submission process, timeline, and compensation:

Submission Process

Submission deadline: February 8, 2019  at 11:59 p.m. CST

For consideration for one of our artist slots, please complete the submission form linked here and include the following:

  • Link to Portfolio or 5 - 7 images of your work

  • Artist Headshot

  • 1 - 2 References that can speak to the experience of working with you and your quality of work

If your submission is accepted by the reviewal committee, you will be invited to schedule an in-person interview on a selected day between February 11-14. Artists chosen to participate in The V Word Experience will be notified of their acceptance on or before February 15.


February 8: Submission deadline

  • Week of February 11: In person interviews

  • Week of February 18: Selected artists will submit their proposed concept and budget for materials and supplies needed to complete their installation.

  • March 1-8: Production, construction and installation for The V-Word Experience. Artists will work with our gallery curator to schedule times within those dates to come by our North Side pop-up location to complete their build out.

  • March 11-13: We will invite media to preview our space, prior to our pre-grand opening event on March 14, and grand opening on March 15. The V-Word Experience will run through April 28.


Each artist will be compensated at a rate to be determined by Vera Creative after acceptance. Artists will also receive non-monetary compensation in the forms of earned media, social media promotion, and professional images and video footage of their installations. Artists will be allowed two, complimentary guests passes to The V Word Experience each week for the duration of its opening.


If you have questions, please email or call (773) 844-4413.